Is A Private Home Inspection A Good Idea?
Absolutely! Your home is most likely the largest investment you will make and you want to make sure it’s a good investment before you lay any money down. For a few hundred dollars, a professional building inspector will go through the home thoroughly and will test and inspect the structure and construction of the home as well as the mechanical systems such as heating, electrical, etc. He then provides a written report reviewing the condition of the home and siting any repairs that need to be taken care of. Essentially, the inspector is checking to make sure that the house you’re buying is safe and doesn’t have any hidden problems. There’s nothing quite as depressing as buying a new home only to find once you move in that you’re sharing it with termites or that the furnace doesn’t work when you come to use it in the winter! In Vermont, many home inspectors will also test the home’s water for potability (if it is not on a municipal system) and will conduct a test for radon gas. If the inspector’s report finds that there are systems and/or structural issues that are in need of repair, the seller and buyer can then negotiate who will make those repairs and how the costs will be addressed.
The home inspection is not intended to point out cosmetic issues the home might have; it is intended to discover any safety issues or mechanical problems that need repairing so that buyers will know the true condition of the home they are buying and can make an informed decision of whether or not it is the home for them. Be sure to choose a home inspector that is experienced, insured and has a good reputation. Your real estate agent should be able to recommend a professional inspector with whom they have experience working. Bottom line…a home inspection is well worth the money it will cost you so you know what you’re buying.